Monday, February 13, 2012

Dear 9-Month-Old Caleb

Dear 9-month-old Caleb,

I can hardly believe how fast time is flying. Every so often, I am taken back to the day I found out I was pregnant. The memory is so fresh and the emotion is still so raw, that it feels like it was this morning instead of a year and a half ago. And now you're already 9 months!

Caleb, 9 Months
You have changed my life, and so much for the better. I have been waiting my whole life for you. I have dreamed of being a Mommy since I was just a little girl. I wondered if I would have a boy or a girl, and what you would be like. You are far, far better than I ever could have imagined.

I am in awe of how beautiful you are. You have the most perfect, sweet, round face with piercing, bright blue eyes and thick, sandy blond hair. You have my small lips. Everyone says you look like me now but I rarely see it. I think you are a perfect blend of both me and daddy. You always get attention for your eyes, and I always hear that you should be on the cover of a magazine. I know every mother believes her child is the most beautiful child ever to be born, but for us I think that might actually be true!

You have a quirky sense of humor. Today, a girl at the grocery store played peek-a-boo with you and you just stared blankly at her. But, bouncing a ball off of your head will make you crack up over and over again. You constantly surprise us with what you think is funny, and it's always changing. I love that about you.

You are a mama's boy through and through, but you are not a snuggler. You always want to make sure I am close by and you often come to me for reassurance, but you want to be independent and explore. I admire you for this. I want to always be your safety net, but encourage you to discover the world and your place in it. I will always be here for you.

You are a determined little guy. You started sitting up on your own at exactly 4 months, crawling at 6 1/2 months, and you're already close to walking at 9 months. You have taken a step here and there to transfer from the couch to the coffee table. I am so proud already. You are so curious about everything, aggressively so. You want to touch and and hold and study every item you can by flipping your wrist just so to view all sides of it. I would love to know what goes on inside your brain as you make each new discovery, but I'm lucky enough to just watch the process unfold.

You are both silly and serious. Sometimes you are so serious in your play; I can tell your brain is working hard and processing everything new around you. There are other times when you are over-the-top silly, like when you start squealing in a restaurant or giggling at nothing. I like to think you get this combo from me :) I hope you always keep at least a little bit of your sillies.

You are a great sleeper. For this, I am VERY thankful. You sleep like a champ for 12 hours at night, and you just transitioned from three to two naps a day. However, the process of getting ready to bed is a nightmare. I'm in the process of trying to figure out why. Do you hate the PJs? The lotion? You're fine once you're dressed and we're reading your bedtime story. I hope we figure it out soon! I can say for sure that you are quite clear in letting us know when you do not like something. I'll be honest, I'm a little fearful of the toddler years, especially knowing that Daddy was quite a handful when he was that age. But I also can't wait for it. We are going to have so much fun!

Try not to grow up too fast. You're already becoming less and less of a baby and more and more of a toddler. I wish I could freeze time. I absolutely love this stage right now.

Love you always,

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